Changing email service


New Email
I have a major issue with my Yahoo/AT&T email service. This is an account that I have used for 20+ years, but has now become so cumbersome with spam, and other issues, that I feel it is time to change.

I have always gotten spam messages, but Yahoo/AT&T has been reasonably competent at catching them. However, a few months ago, I began receiving massive onslaughts of emails wherein the "blocking" mechanism in Yahoo is useless because the spammers are changing their addresses with each hit so that my blocking efforts via their address does not work.

Aside from the 15 - 20 emails each day, I am also concerned about the recent notice that Yahoo has been bought by Verizon/Oath. My perception is that Verizon is maybe second only to Google Gmail with regard to the amount/kind of data it captures and markets on its subscribers.

My basic questions are:
1. When trying to completely start anew should I look at paid versus free mail service? I do not object to paying for the email account, but I am not knowledgeable enough to know the ins-n-outs of who, what, and how.
2. Will it be possible to capture all of my archived messages and/or contacts with a new email server?
3. Are there steps/actions that I can take to better insure not having the same spam problem I currently experience? (Please review the attachment of previous spam emails that I have captured and the issue of the sender(s) changing their address slightly to circumvent my efforts at blocking their messages.)
4. Are there recommended places/sites that would provide step-by-step instructions on how to successfully change the email service with the greatest chance of success/

Thank you in advance to all of you who might take in interest in assisting/counseling me on this dilemma.


Tom Goodson


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